The University

Facts and reputation

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The University of Hull – the 'friendly university' – puts students at the heart of everything we do. We're also proud of our academic reputation, which reflects the high quality of the education we provide.

Learn more about our humble beginnings, and what we stand for, the courses we offer and other little-known facts about England's 14th university and Yorkshire's hidden gem.

A history set in stone

The University of Hull – developed from University College Hull, which was opened in 1928 – received its Royal Charter on 6 September 1954 (the Charter and Statutes states that the University College of Hull was incorporated on 7 October 1927). The Duke of York (George VI) laid the foundation stone in 1928 and the College opened in October with 39 students and 14 ‘one-man’ departments. There were 100 students in 1931.

The Hull divide

The University comprises five faculties: Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education; Hull York Medical School; Faculty of Health and Social Care; Faculty of Science and Engineering; and Faculty of Business, Law and Politics.

Location, location

The University of Hull has campuses in the cosmopolitan city of Hull and the coastal gem of Scarborough.

Leadership stats

Professor Calie Pistorius is the University's Vice-Chancellor, having taken up his appointment in September 2009.

The Rt Hon Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone has been Chancellor of the University since April 2006.

All in the numbers

The total student population at the University of Hull is approximately 16,300 across Hull and Scarborough campuses. Over 2,500 people are employed by the University of Hull; more than 1,000 are academic staff.

The University of Hull's yearly turnover is estimated at approximately £172 million pounds sterling.

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Research this

The University has particular research expertise in social justice, environmental technologies, maritime history, healthcare, 3D visualisation and nanotechnology – we're also known for liquid-crystal technology (for which the School of Chemistry received the Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement).

In the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework (REF), 62% of the University’s research was judged to be internationally excellent.

Of courses

The University offers over 2,000 courses a year, from the very latest disciplines to well-established traditional subjects. Our students have a varied selection of undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time, foundation and continuing professional development choices.


We guarantee first-class teaching and learning – the most recent Quality Assurance Agency institutional review once again acknowledged the excellence of the University's provision, expressing broad confidence in both the quality of our courses and our management of academic standards.

International success

The 2010 International Student Barometer - a comparative study tracking international students’ opinions of education abroad - showed that the University continues to deliver first-class service to its international student body, with 88% of students satisfied or very satisfied with their experience here. Quality of careers advice, work experience opportunities for international students and the number of international societies in our students union' scored particularly highly.

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Award-winning union

Hull University Union is one of the most active students’ unions in the country, with over 150 active societies. In 2012 it was crowned 'Higher Education Students' Union of the Year' in the NUS Awards. Asylum, its own £3.5 million nightclub, was named 'Student Nightclub of the Year' in 2003 by the British Entertainment and Dance Association.

The Hull University Social Services Organisation (HUSSO), based in the Union, is the largest voluntary group in the region, and was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Trust Gold Award for Community Service in 1992

Volumes of knowledge

The Brynmor Jones Library and the Keith Donaldson Library boast over a million volumes of books and periodicals. There's a collection of more than 60,000 maps; they subscribe to 16,000+ electronic journals, several hundred databases/datasets, plus have a growing e-book collection. The substantial archival collections features local/regional history, modern politics, human rights and civil liberties, and modern literature.

It is to benefit from a multi-million pound investment, creating a stunning new focal point for students, staff, and visitors alike.

Progressive university

Hull is a progressive University, investing heavily in facilities and resources, like refurbished student residences and catering areas, improvements to the Students’ Union premises, a moot court room and the creation of a new road, and parking infrastructure system on campus [read more about University developments], to name just a few.

This demonstrates our commitment to helping our students fulfil their potential.

Famous alumni

Philip Larkin was the University’s Librarian for 30 years and he wrote some of his most celebrated poetry, including the Whitsun Weddings, whilst at Hull. Other famous alumni include Oscar-winning Director Anthony Minghella, poet Roger McGough, BBC Radio 4 presenter Jenni Murray and journalist and former Beirut hostage John McCarthy.

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